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Football: Brown hits two to put Maghull out on top; AMATEUR FOOTBALL Carlsberg West Cheshire.


WEST KIRBY'S momentous clash went the way of Maghull at the weekend as Aaron Brown cancelled out a Ged Grannon goal with a brace to take his side to the top of the league.

Merseyside Police's unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when two-goal hero Darren Toal put Ellesmere Port into second.

Having gone 2-1 up with goals from Simon Donoghue and Steve Anderson, Ashville failed to hold on to the points against Castrol Social, who had Jim Carroll, Anthony Ashton and Michael Banks on target to earn their first win.

Champions Poulton Victoria are finding the opposition a lot tougher to break down, with only a defensive error giving them all three points in midweek against Newton (Miles), while on Saturday it took an Ian Burrows penalty and one from Mick McGrath to prise a point away at Blacon Youth Club, who had Jamie Rogers finding the net twice to earn his side a deserved draw.

Vauxhall Motors Res - with goals from Mike Simba and Lewis Harris - continued their good form at the expense of pointless Cammell Laird Res, whose solitary goal came from John Strange in a finely contested match.

Christleton produced a fine performance at Heswall with goals from Ben Harvey, Paul Hallows and Tom Rowlands. Heswall could only reply with a Chris Edge penalty.

In a close encounter at New Brighton goals from Neil Atkinson, Mike Pickles and a penalty from Craig Griffiths ensured three points against a resilient Upton AA, who replied through Simon Andrew and Danny Andrews.

In an even game in which both sides created chances, Newton survived two goalmouth clearances in the closing stages to send their supporters home anticipating greater things as they gained their first point of the campaign against Aintree Villa.

The second division surprise of the day was Runcorn Town's thrashing of leaders New Brighton Res (Paul Cuppitt) 6-1 with four goals from Paul Hart aided by Adam Carden and Danny Cummins.

The victory followed their seven goals scored in midweek against Chester Nomads.

Capenhurst Villa moved two points clear at the top with two goals from Ian Hartford and Craig Hacking in their 3-0 victory against West Kirby Res.

Goals from Phil Greenhalgh, Phil Coffin, Nick Dillon and Dave Byrne gave Poulton Vics Res a 4-1 win against Willaston to move them into second position.

FC Pensby's Mike Conner and Gareth Owens could not prevent their fifth game without a victory at Halton, who had Karl Thomas (2) and Andy Gott on target.

Two teams at the wrong end of the table battled out a 3-3 scoreline with Helsby scoring through Luke Guest and Nick Askey (2) and MANWEB through Andy Burgess, Craig Morris and Craig Nuttall.

Chester Nomads put the midweek defensive mauling by Runcorn Town to one side and limited Maghull Res to a single goal by Ian Cook which was cancelled out by Simon Alston.

Heswall Res enjoyed their outing to Christleton Res, winning 4-2 with two goals each from Gary Reay and Jamie Kenyon. The home team replied through Nathan Freeman and Ian Jones.

Capenhurst Villa Res, riding high in the third division, had Paul Ainsworth as their lone scorer as they were swept aside by Bronze Social - who had previously only scored one goal - with a hat-trick from Shaun Cassidy, Jack McNabb (2) and Shaun Mooney giving them a 6-1 victory, moving them away from the bottom of the table.

AFC Bebington Athletic had Graham Carvell (2), Jonathon Oliver and James Hough on target to maintain their unbeaten sequence with a fine win 4-1 at Merseyside Police Res, who had John Thompson on target.

There were goals galore at Shaftesbury where a Paul Sinnett penalty, Robert Quine and Andy Rafferty could not take maximum points from Blacon Youth Club Res, who replied through Todd Reid (2) and Mike Hughes.

Mersey Royal maintained their impressive start to the season by moving into second place with goals from Steve Jones (2), D Byrne and J Taylor at St Werburghs, who had a Liam McGovern brace.

Focus found the net once through Steve Robinson, which was enough to take maximum points at Willaston Res.

Leading the division are Ellesmere Port Res, who earned a 2-1 victory at Upton AA Res through goals from Mark Roberts and Stephen James with Dave Owens replying for Upton.

Homeless Grange Athletic produced another fine performance at Runcorn Town Res with goals from Mike The well (2), Paul O'Donovan and Dave Jackson.

Surprise of the day was Runcorn Town's thrashing of leaders New Brighton Res 6-1


Burscough provided thrills and spills galore during their 4-0 win over Ossett Town on Saturday Picture: BRIAN PEARSON
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2006
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